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Elekta, a provider of radiation therapy and radiosurgery systems, relocates to Atlanta suburb

Elekta, a technology and solutions provider in the treatment of cancer and brain disorders, is relocating its North America headquarters from Norcross, Georgia to The Terraces on Perimeter Center Terrace in Atlanta, with plans to add more than 100 new life sciences jobs over five years.

"Elekta's global influence in healthcare is increasing rapidly," says Elekta's President and CEO, Tomas Puusepp. "The move of our North America headquarters to Atlanta will support this trend and strengthen Atlanta's growing biomedical community."

Elekta develops sophisticated tools and dose planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery and brachytherapy, in addition to software systems that improve the efficiency of workflows throughout the spectrum of cancer care.

The decision by Elekta to establish its North American headquarters in Dunwoody, a northern Atlanta suburb, is the culmination of a truly collaborative and creative effort, said Jeff Estep, executive managing director of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a consultant to Elekta. "We conducted a thorough analysis of Elekta's needs and location options across North America, including in-depth review of business costs, talent availability, training and operational processes. The Atlanta area proved itself to be the ideal location for the company's global growth objectives. We received incredible support from the State of Georgia, DeKalb County, the City of Dunwoody and the Metro Atlanta Chamber."

Elekta will be a new asset in DeKalb County, according to Judy Turner, Chairwoman of the Development Authority of DeKalb County, Ga. "Elekta is the type of innovative health care company that will add to the synergy of other life science assets already located in DeKalb County, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Emory Healthcare," she says.

"Medical device companies such as Elekta represent a large proportion of our bioscience industry, so we're pleased Elekta has chosen to continue to grow and create jobs in Georgia," adds Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "We have terrific collaborations and research expertise in this area."

"The expansion of Elekta's North American Headquarters is an excellent example of the partnership between the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the City of Dunwoody to cultivate new business for Georgia," said Economic Development Director Michael Starling. "Elekta is a true reflection of the state's and Dunwoody's strategy to recruit and grow world-class technology companies." Information about an incentive package offered to the firm by economic development officials was not immediately released.

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